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Economic Development Journal - Summer 2019


Made in the City: Urban Industry in the Digital Age

by Greg Flisram, CEcD
The continued deindustrialization and re-urbanization of American cities has created both new opportunities and challenges for urban-based manufacturing. Cities that don't work to preserve and/or reconstitute a viable manufacturing sector risk abetting the income polemics tearing at larger U.S. society.


Fighting Neighborhood Decay: From Blight to Bright

by Diane C. Lupke, CEcD, FM, HLM
Traditional blight removal programs often operate separately and in isolation from overall economic development efforts. Economic development and blight removal programs that work in collaboration, especially those that include and sustain wealth building tactics over several years, are found to maximize investment dollars, improve tax base, and build more sustainable and resilient communities.


Gig and Independent Work: A New Frontier for Economic Development

by Ellen Harpel, Ph.D.
Data show that gig and independent work is substantial and growing. Economic developers can stay ahead of the curve by understanding the scope of gig and independent work in their economies and forward-thinking leaders will increasingly incorporate it into their strategic plans and program portfolios.


Opportunity Zones: How to Maximize Your Community's Investment Potential

by Tracey Nichols
This article provides information on Qualified Opportunity Zones (OZ) for the economic development professional and provides background on the history behind the tax law and how it can impact local economic development projects. It explains several steps that can help guide local economic developers in how to market their community's OZ to attract investment that can create jobs, new housing and/or new businesses.


The Industrial Economy as a Key to Equitable Economic Growth: Lessons Learned from Duluth, Minnesota

by Zachary Nieder and Kathleen O'Shea
Many in American "rust belt" cities feel as though they face a choice between preserving and growing existing industrial assets and supporting a trend toward innovation- and amenities-focused economies. In Duluth, an assessment by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City has demonstrated that a contemporary urban industrial sector remains vital to the economic prosperity of the city.


Workforce Development - Facing a Shortage of Skilled Labor: Rethinking Vocational Education

by Sean Stockard, CEcD
The American workforce is facing a shortage in vocationally trained workers. This article focuses on rethinking vocational training as a solution to the labor shortage. It describes the stigma surrounding vocational education versus traditional education paths, the roles that high schools and community colleges play in developing our skilled workforce, and the effectiveness of internships and apprenticeships.


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